Delaware Campus Helps “Bridge the Gap”
Published: October 30, 2007
de bridgegap 1The Delaware campus recently played host to a two-day program designed to prepare the First State’s newest attorneys for the rigors of practice in Delaware.

“Bridge the Gap” was presented by the Supreme Court of Delaware and sponsored by the Commission on Continuing Legal Education. It received support from the Delaware State Bar Association and Widener Law. The program was required for all new lawyers about to take their oaths and become official members of the Delaware bar. It serves to educate them on what will be expected of them as First State attorneys.

Nearly 150 new lawyers attended the program Oct. 25 and 26 and learned from about 85 presenters, made up largely of Delaware judges, justices and prominent attorneys. Topics were heavy on ethics training and ranged from “What are the Supreme Court’s expectations for members of the Delaware bar?” to “Meeting the expectations of the client.”

Joshua W. Martin III, Esq. of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP gave the luncheon talk on day one, speaking about efforts to increase diversity in Delaware bar membership. The second-day luncheon featured Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden speaking about challenges at the Delaware Department of Justice.

Delaware Chief Justice Myron T. Steele made closing remarks at the program’s conclusion. The event was co-chaired by Richard K. Herrmann, Esq., a Wilmington attorney who chairs the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and also teaches at Widener Law, and Andrea L. Rocanelli, Esq., chief disciplinary counsel for the Delaware Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Photo: Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden makes a point during a luncheon talk he gave to new Delaware attorneys during the "Bridge the Gap" program held recently at Widener Law.